James and the Giant Corn Genetics: Studying the Source Code of Nature

November 29, 2009

Could we feed ourselves with tomatoes?

Filed under: Feeding the world,Fun With Numbers — Tags: , — James @ 10:10 am

Obviously no one is suggesting turning the US into a tomato monoculture, but tomatoes seem like a easy, if not necessarily accurate, proxy for the sort of fresh vegetable passed diets that some people advocate as a solution for the entire nation. If the did the same calculation for lettuce, the numbers would likely be much worse. If I did it for sweet potatoes, I’m guessing they would be substantially better.

There is a very useful resource on growing tomatoes made available by the Iowa State extension service. They estimate yields of 12,000-16,000 pounds of tomato per acre. A pound of tomatoes contains 86 calories. (more…)

November 5, 2009

Why Don’t People Like Corn?

Filed under: agriculture,Feeding the world — Tags: , , — James @ 4:13 am
My favorite crop, but many people don't seem to care for it these days.

My favorite crop, but many people don't seem to care for it these days.

I read an interesting question on the still growing thread on the problems with CSI: Miami’s “Bad Seed” episode.

Between this episode and some other stuff I’ve heard about corn, I started wondering what all the concern is about corn lately. … Can you now help shine some light on why the corn industry has been getting such a bad reputation lately? (more…)

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